By - Jon Brown

Convergence of OT and IT

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The concept of the Digital Oilfield started about twenty years ago when increased field instrumentation, process control, and advanced software and data analysis techniques were brought to the operations and engineering practices in the oil field. Now, the new generation of the digital oilfield is going farther with smart equipment, automation, and more statistical analysis and machine learning models.

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has been described as a major disrupter of the status quo and transformational in its impact on the business due to its ability to connect things and people in new and novel ways, provide unique services and enabling capabilities not previously possible, or certainly not as cost-effective. While this may be true in other industries, especially those with a retail consumer component, oil & gas is taking a more measured approach given lower oil prices, lower investment overall and the industry’s reputation for a conservative approach to the adoption of technologies.

This program will provide a comprehensive set of introductory information about the Digital Oilfield, specifically focusing on the convergence of technology, systems, practices, and required skills from the two key disciplines of Operational Technology and Information Technology for professionals working at oil and gas operators, oilfield service companies, and technology firms. It will cover HMI improvement, achieving situational awareness, the impact of AI, avoiding situational awareness, and the emerging architectures and technologies throughout three sections:

  • An Overview of the Digital Oilfield and What is Changing with DOF 2.0
  • Convergence of OT and IT
  • Application of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Analytics to the Digital Oilfield

Learning Outcomes  

  • Discuss what is meant by the digital oilfield and what is the current areas of interest by the O&G industry 
  • Review the history, practices, and challenges of traditional operational technology, field instrumentation and control, and the difference between onshore and offshore operations 
  • Review the history, practices, and challenges of traditional information technology; difference between corporate systems and business unit and function-specific operations 
  • Identify the touch points between OT and IT in the digital oilfield 
  • Identify the vulnerabilities that open when OT and IT systems are connected for cyberattacks; what is the significance of Stuxnet 
  • Discuss the role and opportunities of new remote decision support centers 
  • Discuss the concept of situational awareness and identify the dead spots in digital surveillance of legacy assets 
  • Discuss the pros and cons of new digital technology and emerging architecture patterns that could dramatically change the current field automation paradigm 
  • Discuss the impact of automation, smart equipment and processes, advanced analytics, robotics, and drones on the future of oilfield operations


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program 

Participants must complete all videos in the session in order to complete the program.  

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